Today’s ‘Quick Sip,’ the Breaux Vineyard’s 2010 Viognier, comes from our friends in Loudoun County, Virginia (also known as DC’s wine country for its close proximity to the nation's capital). The 2010 growing season is one I remember well -- it was unusually dry, humid, and extremely hot. My flower garden was constantly begging for a drink of water and many flowers stopped blooming or wilted to the unforgiving heat of summer. Based on the 2010 Virginia wines (barrel and bottled) I have sipped so far, the hot and dry conditions that marked 2010 had more of an influence on white wines than reds. Some of the state’s 2010 Viognier wines lack the brightness and refreshing qualities the 2009 growing season and previous years produced.
For Breaux Vineyards, who usually makes a stainless Viognier, the 2010 vintage saw some oak aging. The result is a [slightly] round, well-integrated wine with good balancing (not crisp) acidity that boasts peach, melon, spice, and shy apricot fruit laced with soft floral, mint, and citrus notes. The wine retails for $32 and would pair nicely with poultry or pork dishes and also sips well on its own. In previous years, Breaux Vineyard’s Viognier is typically sleek, vibrant, and fruit forward and retails for around $22. Had Mother Nature not been such a fickle master in 2010, Breaux Vineyards may have not aged any of the wine in oak barrels. The change in style paid off, as the Breaux Vineyard's 2010 Viognier was recently listed as #87 in Oz Clarke’s 250 Best Wines 2012 publication and has also received numerous awards. To get some of the Breaux Vineyard's 2010 Viognier in your glass [before it’s all gone], visit the tasting room or click on the link below – they can ship to several states outside of Virginia. In closing, I encourage you to pay close attention to the vintage you are buying/drinking as the style and characteristics of a wine can vary dramatically from year to year. Cheers!
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